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Iran floats offer on nuclear inspections; U.S. sceptical

18 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Iran on Thursday signalled a willingness to engage in diplomacy to defuse tensions with the United States with a modest offer on its nuclear programme that met immediate scepticism in Washington.

Exclusive: U.S. will not blacklist Iran's foreign minister, for now

12 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON The United States has decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy.

Exclusive: Iran's release of Lebanese prisoner was failed overture to U.S.

10 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Iran's release last month of Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. permanent residency, after four years in prison was meant as an opening for U.S.-Iranian talks, according to three Western sources familiar with the issue.

Europeans plan new Iran push but may be nearing end of diplomatic road

18 Jun 2019

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON Britain, France and Germany plan a new push to keep Iran in the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran's threat to violate one of its central limits, but they may be nearing the end of the diplomatic road they embarked on more than 15 years ago.

Europeans plan new Iran push but may be nearing end of diplomatic road

18 Jun 2019

PARIS/BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON Britain, France and Germany plan a new push to keep Iran in the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran's threat to violate one of its central limits, but they may be nearing the end of the diplomatic road they embarked on more than 15 years ago.

U.S. sanctions target Iran petrochemicals, analysts see modest effect

07 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON The United States sanctioned Iran's largest petrochemical holding group on Friday for indirectly supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a step it said aimed to dry up revenues to the Iranian military unit but that analysts called largely symbolic.

U.S. State Department misses deadline to explain Iran arms control report - aide

24 May 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department failed to meet a deadline on Thursday to provide information to three congressional committee chairmen looking into whether an annual arms control report slanted and politicised assessments about Iran, a congressional aide said.

Trump weighs labelling Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

30 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is working to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO), the White House said on Tuesday, which would bring sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement.

Pompeo aims to lift State Dept. morale with 'ethos' statement

26 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, hoping to boost workforce morale, unveiled an "ethos" statement on Friday that some former officials viewed with skepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

Pompeo aims to lift State Department morale with 'ethos' statement

26 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to boost morale at the State Department with an "ethos" statement that some former officials viewed with scepticism, partly because an early draft had language they saw as an admonition not to leak to the media.

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